For most people a holiday stroll consists of walking around the neighborhood and looking at everyone’s Christmas lights. But for me it consists of walking around Central Park West in a Red Vinyl Check Swing Coat reminiscent of Blair Waldorf’s preppy Manhattan style.
I think it’s safe to say that this red coat from Topshop is truly the perfect holiday ensemble. It’s festive, stylish and perfect to put over any holiday dress. It’s also just a great statement coat for the warmer winter months. And yes it really does make you feel like you should be on Gossip Girl.
What’s going to make you the “it” girl at your next holiday party? This holiday season, it’s all about the drama. Structured silhouettes, textured fabrics and over-the-top heels are the look of the season. Venture to the subtly sexy side and add some shine (not sparkle) with big, bold metallics. For holiday parties, pick an outfit that’s chic and classy. Stores like Macy’s carry some amazing dress brands, like BCBG and Michael Kors, that are timeless, but push the envelope a little bit.
This season, a large ruffle at the waist, sheer high necklines and cutout dresses are everywhere. While you might want to stick to black, many designers are mixing it up with jewel tones, lace, mixed textured fabrics and metallic hardware added to dress necklines.
For seasonal inspiration, page through a celeb glossy to spot the trends on the red carpet. You can also browse dresses online to get ideas about the look you want to achieve. What’s also helpful is to think about all of the parties you have on your calendar and buy pieces that you can mix and match to create more than one outfit. For example, if you buy a form-fitting jewel toned dress, pair it with a jeweled statement necklace or gold cuff for a dressy work party, then pair it down with more subtle jewelry and a leather jacket for less formal parties.
Knee-length and maxi dresses are the look of the season. If you’re going for a knee-length dress, go for a structured, form-fitting outfit that shows off your curves. If you don’t want something that’s straight up and down, party dresses that are tighter on top and flared at the bottom are also a classic choice and can be paired with a blazer for a little extra layer of warmth.
Although a little harder to pull off, maxi dresses are also popular. Maxis are also an easy way to go super glam and dressy. This season, many have cutouts, are lined with jewels and have detailed patterns. One thing to remember when picking out a maxi is to either go for a classic silhouette or go for a mixed-fabric with a sturdier, intricate top and flowing bottom.
Whatever dress you choose, the key is to make sure you feel comfortable and gorgeous in whatever you are wearing. With confidence and a killer dress, not only will your personality shine, your pictures from the night will be amazing. Remember to spend the extra money to get a dress hemmed if it is too long and make sure the dress is not too big or too small. Shape and fit are the most important things when it comes to picking out a dress that fits your body and looks elegant and put together.